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Academic achievement is of the utmost importance in every student’s life. When an individual attains the best set of qualifications it opens doors to their future aspirations and career choices. Here at Stokesley School, we provide ourselves on providing a centre for excellence within our examinations preparation and provision. We cater for all of our students, ensuring every individual, whatever their needs, have the best environment for success.

In order to prepare and develop all our students for the examinations they will sit in Y11 and Y13 we begin to introduce students to revision techniques in Y7. This is developed across KS3 and KS4 to fully prepare them for the independent study sessions at Sixth Form and beyond. 


The skills they learn allow them to fully prepare for testing in the classroom setting as well as sitting formal examinations. Thus allowing them to feel confident when it comes to the public examination series. Ensuring students are familiar with the proceedings and are comfortable in their settings allows them to perform at their best. We request that our parents/carers ensure their children attend all examinations to give them the best possible chance at success. Please note that for public examinations, only a doctor's letter will suffice for absence. Please see the JCQ regulations.


At Stokesley we offer a range of vocational qualifications in year 10 and 11 to complement our more traditional GCSE courses. These are currently available in child development, creative imedia, engineering, event operations, health and social care, hospitality, and ICT. These courses are not easier options, but instead offer a more work-related programme that is assessed throughout rather than wholly at the end. Students complete portfolio work through the two years of study with an external exam that all goes towards deciding their final grade.


Vocational courses do not use the same grading system of 9 - 1 like GCSEs. Instead they use a pass, merit, distinction grading system, although the exact number of grades differs between qualification. The equivalence between these and GCSEs (old and new) are shown below. The brackets show how these appear on students reports.


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Old GCSE Grade (no longer used) New GCSE Grade Child Development

Creative imedia

Health and Social Care


Y11 Engineering

Event Operations


Y10 Engineering



9 Level 2 Distinction*


Level 2 Distinction*


A 7 Level 2 Distinction


Level 2 Distinction


B 6 Level 2 Merit


Level 2 Merit


B/C 5
C 4 Level 2 Pass


Level 2 Pass


D 3 Level 1 Distinction


E 2 Level 1 Merit



Level 1 Pass


F/G 1 Level 1 Pass


U U Fail




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